[ubuntu-studio-devel] wily werewolf audacity alsa sound distorted

lukefromdc at hushmail.com lukefromdc at hushmail.com
Wed Mar 30 17:24:22 UTC 2016

Audacity can set up its own audio device using in Preferences>Devices and will
default to using Pulseaudio. On some setups Pulseaudio still has issues for 
Audacity.  To actually be using ALSA directly you have to set it up in Preferences.

First, make sure that nothing else is using sound, so Pulseaudio won't hold an 
exclusive lock on the soundcard. Then in  Preferences>Devices you have "host"
which will be ALSA but also "playback" and "recording". It is those two that need
to be set to use the soundcard directly, usually that is the line ending in
(hw: 0,0) . If you only see (hw:0,1) and higher and you cannot get sound from them,
somthing else is playing sound and holding the sound card. There is a PAsuspender
program available somewhere that can shut Pulseaudio down temporarily for 
situations like this, but usually it's enough to shut off system sounds in overall
sound configuration and make sure nothing else is playing.

On 3/30/2016 at 9:39 AM, "Grant Frank Burton" <bbbabynet at gmail.com> wrote:
>Greetings all
>For a while for me audacity would just crash in Wily when I use 
>ALSA. When
>I use Jack it worked like a charm.
>After the last update at least it don't crash but the sound 
>sometimes. Is anyone else get that?

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